Time-varying extreme pattern with dynamic models

Fernando Ferraz do Nascimento, Dani Gamerman, Hedibert Freitas Lopes

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This paper is concerned with the analysis of time series data with time-varying extreme pattern. This is achieved via a model formulation that considers separately the central part and the tail of the distributions, using a two-component mixture model. Extremes beyond a threshold are assumed to follow a generalized Pareto distribution (GPD). Temporal dependence is induced by allowing the GPD parameters to vary with time. Temporal variation and dependence is introduced at a latent level via the novel use of dynamic linear models (DLM). Novelty lies in the time variation of the shape and scale parameter of the resulting distribution. These changes in limiting regimes as time changes reflect better the data behavior, with important gains in estimation and interpretation. The central part follows a nonparametric mixture approach. The uncertainty about the threshold is explicitly considered. Posterior inference is performed through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. A variety of scenarios can be entertained and include the possibility of alternation of presence and absence of a finite upper limit of the distribution for different time periods. Simulations are carried out in order to analyze the performance of our proposed model. We also apply the proposed model to financial time series: returns of Petrobrás stocks and SP500 index. Results show advantage of our proposal over currently entertained models such as stochastic volatility, with improved estimation of high quantiles and extremes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian
  • GPD
  • MCMC
  • Nonparametric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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